Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

4 counties find West Nile in mosquitoes

4 counties find West Nile in mosquitoes

The year's first human case of West Nile virus has been diagnosed in New Jersey.

Despite no human cases reported of the disease so far in 2019, ISDH expects to see increased West Nile activity throughout in as summer progresses. "It is important that residents take steps to protect themselves by using repellent, wearing long sleeves and trousers and avoiding the outdoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active". Officials say the affected individual lives in McHenry County and was not hospitalized.

Two cases of West Nile Virus has been found in horses according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture. "There is risk of contracting WNV anytime mosquitoes are active, so it is important to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites".

Everyone is encouraged to walk around their home or property and look for areas of standing water where mosquitoes are most likely to breed. About one out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness.

· Eliminate stagnant water in containers around homes where mosquitoes can lay their eggs (e.g. gutters, buckets, flower pots, old tires, wading pools and birdbaths).

Like this: